Sunday, July 8, 2012

July 8

1985 Fleer #522 - Gene Nelson

On this day in 1985, Gene Nelson won his fifth game of the season, as the Sox won over the Detroit Tigers 9-4.

Gene scattered nine hits over six innings and gave up three runs before being relieved by Juan Agosto. Carlton Fisk was the hitting star, belting two home runs, including a grand slam, to put the game well out of reach for the Motor City Kitties.

Nelson arrived in Chicago in the middle of the 1984 season via a trade with the Seattle Mariners. Gradually moving from starter to reliever, Gene had a 19-21 record with nine saves during the three seasons with the Sox. After the 1986 season, Nelson was traded to the Oakland Athletics, where he was reunited with manager Tony LaRussa. It was in Oakland where everything fell into place for Gene, setting up before closer Dennis Eckersley.

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